Tel Aviv is only Israel’s second city, but with its fabulous buzz, terrific beaches, easy-going vibe and sensational nightlife, this is one city that knows the real pecking order.
Metro found the places to eat, stay and play on a budget.
Orna and Ella
The facade of this quirky vegetarian hangout is reminiscent of the British mandate era. Cosy and intimate, try the sweet potato pancakes and an espresso.
33 Sheinkin Street
Beit Immanuel Hostel
A church hospice turned hostel, you can spend the afternoon snoozing in the beautiful garden enclave or head to the beach, which is no more than a five-minute walk away.
Make the most of the year-round sunshine and tepid waters of the Mediterranean by taking in some of the great surfing (though Alma beach has strong currents.)
M & R Brasserie
Popular with Tel Aviv’s in-crowd, the brass décor, plush leather couches are complimented by brusque (but friendly) service. Try the house paté.
Hotel De La mer
Designed using Feng Shui, the hotel is soothing, tranquil and relaxing. Idyllicly located on the seafront, there’s also a small, but excellent massage spa to make the most of.
Tel Aviv Port Antiques Fair and Organic Market
A fabulously intriguing place where you can hawk bric-a-brac, from old books, records and antique toys to furniture. Delicious organic food stalls, too.
Metres from the beach and with scallops to die for, it’s no wonder Madonna and other celebs have been spotted here.
Nina Café Suite
One of Tel Aviv’s first boutique hotels, Nina’s offers in-room massages, daily fresh flowers and chocolates and L’Occitane luxury beauty products in the bathroom.
Tel Aviv’s main square contains the most luxurious shops in town. From YSL and Prada to fine art and Belgium chocolate, it’s a shoppers’ paradise.